Government of Canada funding community-led services to support at-risk individuals in Vancouver

News release

May 21, 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia
Public Safety Canada

The Government of Canada is supporting at-risk individuals and ensuring those in vulnerable situations have access to the help they need to lead safe and healthy lives. Today, the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced that over $2 million has been made available under the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) for the Transitions Project delivered by the WISH Drop-In Centre Society.

The Transitions Project aims to support individuals overcome barriers in exiting the sex trade by creating individualized services ensuring dignity and self-determination an environment of respect.

The WISH Drop-In Centre Society is one of four local community organizations that form The Metro Vancouver Consortium to assist in the delivery of services for the Transitions Project.  The other partners include Aboriginal Front Door Society, Health Initiative for Men, and PACE Society. Former Consortium member, Battered Women’s Support Services, also delivers the Transitions Project at their location. This five-year project, which began in 2016, will reach up to 325 individuals aged 19-50.


Our government is committed to evidence-based criminal justice policies that are proven to prevent crime and victimization, and keep communities and people safe. We are proud to support community-led programming that stops crime before it starts through the empowerment of at-risk individuals to make positive and healthy decisions- giving them access to support and opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. The Government of Canada is pleased to support this project as it is making a meaningful difference.”  

       The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

"The Transitions project provides a much-anticipated opportunity to bring together the considerable, combined experience of Aboriginal Front Door Society, Health Initiative for Men, PACE Society, and WISH Drop-In Centre Society.  As The Metro Vancouver Consortium, we are grateful to Public Safety Canada and the City of Vancouver for funding that allows us to draw upon our collective expertise and best-practices in order to focus solely on providing innovative, wrap-around supports to sex workers throughout Metro Vancouver."

- Mebrat Beyene, Executive Director, WISH

Quick facts

  • Funding was provided under the Crime Prevention Action Fund, which supports innovative projects for at-risk children and youth, and high risk offenders in communities.

  • The NCPS provides national leadership on cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime among at-risk populations and vulnerable communities by intervening to mitigate the underlying factors that put individuals at risk of offending.

  • The Government of Canada is making up to $94 million available over five years to develop inclusive, diverse, and culturally-adapted crime prevention projects across Canada.

  • From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the Government of Canada supported 84 community-based crime prevention projects across Canada.

  • Up to $42.6 million has been committed in 2018-2019 to support NCPS in the implementation and evaluation of crime prevention programs.

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Marie-Emmanuelle Cadieux
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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